Jean Henri Dunant

Devoted Swiss Calvinist; founded the International Committee of the Red Cross; shared the award with Frederic Passy, French founder and president of the first French peace society.


Ernesto Teodoro Moneta

Pacifist Italian and a practicing but anticlerical Catholic; president of the Lombard League of Peace.


Thomas Woodrow Wilson

U.S. President and a Presbyterian; founder of the League of Nations.


Lars Olof Nathan (Jonathan) Söderblom

Primate of the Church of Sweden and Archbishop of Uppsala; leader of the ecumenical movement.


Arthur Henderson

Methodist lay preacher from Britain; chairman of the League of Nations Disarmament Conference of 1932–34.


Lord Robert Cecil of Chelwood, Viscount

High-church Church of England writer; founder of the International Peace Campaign.


John Raleigh Mott

American; chairman of the first International Missionary Council and president of the World Alliance of Young Men's Christian Associations; promoted Christ-based student movements and associations for peace; shared the award with Emily Greene Balch, honorary international president of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.


The Friends Service Council (London) & The American Friends Service Committee (Washington)

These Quaker organizations shared the award for the spirit in which they carried out postwar relief efforts and for previous peace promotion.


Albert Schweitzer

Alsace-born missionary surgeon; founded the Lambaréné Hospital in the Republic of Gabon.


Georges Henri Pire

Belgian Father of the Dominican Order; leader of a relief organization for refugees.


Philip J. Noel-Baker

British Member of Parliament and Quaker; devoted his life to international peace and cooperation.


Albert John Luthuli

Practicing Christian and advocate of nonviolent passive resistance; president of the African National Congress.


Dag Hammarskjöld

Swedish Secretary General of the United Nations; kept a private journal on the Lordship of Christ in his life; received the award posthumously.


Martin Luther King Jr.

Campaigner for civil rights.


Mairead Corrigan & Betty Williams

Catholic and Protestant women whose passion for peace united multitudes on both sides of the Northern Ireland conflict.


Mother Teresa

Born in Yugoslavia of Albanian parents; cared for hundreds of thousands of the poor as leader of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity in India.


Adolfo Perez Esquivel

Argentinian artist and human-rights leader; coordinated nonviolence movements based "on faith in Christ and in humankind."

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Lech Walesa

Devout Roman Catholic; founder of the Solidarity labor movement in Poland; campaigned for human rights.


Desmond Mpilo Tutu

Anglican bishop of Johannesburg at the time of the award; later archbishop of Cape Town and former secretary general of the South African Council of Churches; played a key role in dismantling apartheid in South Africa.


Oscar Arias Sanchez

President of Costa Rica whose faith in God helped sustain his efforts to initiate peace negotiations in Central America.


Mikhail S. Gorbachev

President of the U.S.S.R. who helped bring the Cold War to a close has acknowledged the Russian Orthodox influence on his philosophy of human rights and international relations.


Nelson Mandela & Fredrik Willem de Klerk

The former is a lifelong Methodist and the latter professes belief in the Trinity; two otherwise diametrically opposed figures who united to set South Africa on a nonviolent path toward majority rule.


Carlos Belo & Jose Ramos-Horta

The bishop of Dili in East Timor and his lay colleague; worked toward a just and peaceful solution in the strife-torn region.


John Hume & David Trimble

Catholic member of Parliament and Protestant Ulster Unionist Party leader; recognized for their efforts to find a peaceful solution in Northern Ireland.


Kim Dae-Jung

South Korean president and devout Catholic; honored for his drive for warmer relations with North Korea.

Related Elsewhere

See today's related articles, "Anonymous Are the Peacemakers | For the past century, the Nobel Peace Prize has spotlighted those who work for 'fraternity among the nations.' But strife and warfare are often thwarted by Christians working quietly and prayerfully" and "Fellowship Without Borders | In Northern Ireland, a Catholic monk and a Presbyterian pastor learn to work together for peace."

Read the announcement of 2000 Nobel Peace Prize winner Kim Dae Jung or read a profile of the South Korean President from CNN.

Mikhail Gorbachev has his own homepage.

Read Oscar Arias Sanchez's bio or visit his Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress site.

Read Martin Luther King Jr.'s acceptance speech from 1964.

Read about the history of the Friends Service Council, 1947 recipients.

Other Nobel Peace Prize winner of the faith include:

Bishop Carlos Belo

Nelson Mandela

Fredrik Willem De Klerk

Desmond Tutu

Lech Walesa

Adolfo Perez Esquivel

Mother Teresa

Dag Hammarskjold

Albert John Luthuli

Philip John Noel-Baker

Albert Schweitzer

Edgar Algernon Robert Cecil

Arthur Henderson

Nathan SÖderblom

Woodrow Wilson

Ernesto Moneta

Jean Henri Dunant

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